Betsy’s Page and now Fausta’s blog are having the same problem – neither blog can be accessed. We thank you for your forbearance. I’ll be looking at a new provider, for sure.
Philomathean’s on a roll!
Philomathean has two great posts, Justice Ginsburg: Republicans Are Out to Get Me and My Lunch with Hendrik Hertzberg. Hertzberg, a writer for The New Yorker and former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, had several interesting points, among them
- Chris Matthews wrote Carter’s “national malaise” speech
- “The charmlessness is part of Carter’s cussedness,”
and then Hertzberg thinks that the the constitutional separation of powers in the United States would lead to Caesarism. I realize I’m not among the bien pensant, but for the life of me I can’t wrap my brain around the concept of the constitutional separation of powers being instrumental in bringing about military or imperial dictatorship of any kind.
That’ll require a whole new type of mental yoga my brain cells haven’t tried yet.
Clarification update, March 18: Philomathean clarifies
I do have one minor clarification. While Hertzberg said he couldn’t
take credit for Carter’s malaise speech and spoke at length about fellow
speechwriter Chris Matthews, he did not specifically say that Matthews
wrote Carter’s malaise speech. That was something I dug up through my
own research. I don’t want to put words in Hertzberg’s mouth.
My apologies for any misunderstanding.
The Fallaci Code
Oriana Fallaci asks: Is Muslim immigration to Europe a conspiracy?
More like a well-laid plan.
Here are today’s articles from Maria,
Paul Johnson wrote this article nearly three years ago, but it still resonates today: Europe’s Utopian Hangover
Never, ever be a guinea pig, especially after reading this